My Summer Favourites: Gini Approved

While folks in London are still debating if it’s spring proper, summer is well and truly upon us here in most parts of India. This last week has seen temperatures climb steadily upwards and in Bangalore, things have definitely gone from balmy to sweaty, grimy and please-spare-me.

Like most kids, Gini is not a fan of the hot weather. In fact, she hates it with a vengeance. She doesn’t want to look outside the window if the sun is blazing. She doesn’t even want to go to her favourite place, the park downstairs. Ask her if she’d like to go to the Horsey-Park and she doesn’t even bat an eyelid before the reply comes out pat: “It’s hot!” Who could blame her?

Apart from praying for monsoon and cooler weather, here’s what I am doing to make things a little more bearable for my girl:

* Sunscreen – The last thing I want is for her delicate baby skin to be burned by the sun. As a family, we are huge fans of La Roche Posay’s Anthelios XL SPF 50. Gini has got her very own bottle of the kid-friendly version of the same formula. We have tried other sunscreens on her before and most of them have left her very uneasy, thanks to their greasiness and the strong smells. But not this one. This is a winner in her book.
* 100% Soft Cotton – Be it for a weekend getaway or even a fancy evening outing, I dress Gini only in the softest cotton clothing in the summer months. With rashes and itching all too common in this weather, it’s a good idea to stick to breathable, natural fabrics to keep irritation down.

* Homemade Banana Ice-Cream – Summer months are ice cream months, right? But ice cream doesn’t only have to be the store-bought variety. It can be healthy and homemade too. And no, homemade ice cream doesn’t automatically mean opening the freezer every two hours to churn your concoction. This one is foolproof. Just get a banana, peel it, cut it into rounds and chuck it in the freezer overnight. Pull it out the next day, put it in a blender and whizz. Yummy, creamy banana ice-cream at your service. Trust me, it’s really that simple. You can top it with cut fruits, nut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, desiccated coconut or whatever else it is that you fancy. Just remember to freeze the banana overnight or else, you will get a smoothie instead of an ice-cream. Which is rather lovely too!
* Paddling Pool – At the risk of sounding anal, I have to admit I am not a huge fan of Gini going to the common swimming pool. A) because it is teaming with the sweat and lord knows what else of those who came before her on that particular day and B) it is out in the open with the sun scorching down. I much prefer an inflatable paddling pool which can be placed anywhere according to convenience. Needless to say, Gini adores it too.
These are some of my summer favourites for my toddler. What are yours?


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